Founded in the mid-1970s by Cynthia Taft Morris, the Washington Area Economic History Seminar (WAEHS) holds monthly meetings throughout the academic year. The seminar traditionally meets on the first Friday of the month and invites prominent economic historians to present their current work. Past speakers include Nobel laureates Douglass North and Robert Fogel.
The late Cynthia Taft Morris, who taught for many years at American University, hosted the seminars at AU before it expanded to include other sites such as the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Johns Hopkins University, and George Mason University.
The current organizers of the WAEHS are Mary Hansen and Gabriel Mathy (AU), Noel Johnson and Mark Koyama (GMU), and David Mitch (UMBC).
Spring 2017 Speakers
February 3, 2017: Werner Troesken, University of Pittsburgh Location: University of Maryland
March 3, 2017: Farley Grubb, University of Delaware Location: American University
April 21, 2017: Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University Location: George Mason University
May 12, 2017: Debin Ma, London School of Economics Location: George Mason University
September 30, 2016: Noel Maurer, George Washington University School of Business Location: George Mason University
November 4, 2016: Amanda Gregg, Middlebury College Location: American University
February 5th, 2016: Nic Ziebarth, University of Iowa Location: American University
February 26, 2016: John Tang, Australian National University Location: University of Maryland, College Park
April 8th, 2016: Murat Iyigun, University of Colorado-Boulder Location: George Mason University
October 9th, 2015: Matthew Jaremski, Colgate University Location: American University
November 6th, 2015: Suresh Naidu, Columbia University Location: University of Maryland
December 11th, 2015: Eric Chaney, Harvard University Location: Mercatus Center, George Mason University
February 13, 2015: Marc Law (University of Vermont) Location: Mercatus Center, George Mason University
March 6, 2015: Greg Clark (University of California at Davis) Location: American University
March 27, 2015: Evan Roberts (University of Minnesota) Location: American University
May 1, 2015: Sascha Becker (University of Warwick/UCLA) Location: Mercatus Center, George Mason University
October 3, 2014: Mary Tone Rodgers (SUNY Oswego)
Location: American University
November 14, 2014: Nico Voigtlaender, UCLA
Location: Mercatus Center, George Mason University
December 5, 2014: Lorena Walsh (Emerita, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
Location: University of Maryland, College Park
Visit the archive to view past speakers and presentation topics from 2001-2009. Speakers who presented from Fall 2009-Spring 2013 can be found here.
Debin Ma London School of Economics and Political Science
May 12, 2017
Cynthia Taft Morris, founder of the WAEHS, passed away in July of 2013 at the age of 85. Cynthia had a long and distinguished career and will be greatly missed. To read more about her, including a remembrance, see the Economic History Association's tribute page here.
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